St. Thomas More, Patron of Lawyers, Law Students, Paralegals; Handmade Medal on Chain
Saint Thomas More was one of the greatest legal minds, and writers, in English history. This handmade medal on a chain depicts More in court. I design, carve, and cast the medals myself. The medals are made of lead-free pewter and have designs on both sides. The medal comes on either an 18-inch or 24-inch chain with a lobster clasp. Each necklace comes in a felt jewelry pouch with a history card that states:
"St. Thomas More, a brilliant lawyer and judge, a devoted and beloved husband and father, and a distinguished intellectual and writer (see 'Utopia,' a word he invented), was executed by Henry VIII because More believed in the law above politics, patronage, and power. In 1534 Henry VIII demanded all citizens take an oath disavowing Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon and repudiating the power of 'any foreign authority, prince or potentate' (i.e., the pope). More, a Catholic, refused and was taken to the Tower of London. In 1535, he was falsely charged with treason. He was beheaded on July 6, 1535. The story of his last days is one of the most tender and heart-rending accounts of courage in the face of injustice in all of history, especially since More was so determinedly forgiving and cheerful. (As the lieutenant led More up the steps toward the scaffold, More said to him, 'Pray, Sir, see me safe up; and as to my coming down, let me shift for myself.') More became the patron of lawyers and law students because he held to the importance of precedent and law and acted with intelligence and persistence. He could well also be the patron of fathers and husbands, for every account of his life depicts his family life as one of love and happiness among all. This medal, cast in lead-free pewter and depicting More in court, was handmade at In the Company of Saints."
Dimensions of medal: 1.25 inches high x .75 wide